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Pride Lands
Lake Matope
The Lion Guard
Every wet season, all us rhinos get together near Lake Matope. And we all spar in the mud. It's great.
Kifaru on Tamasha

Tamasha is an annual event in which rhinoceroses collectively spar in the mud near Lake Matope. It occurs every wet season in the Pride Lands.



A large group of rhinoceroses in the Pride Lands participates in the event, in which they spar with each other in the mud near Lake Matope. They are usually accompanied by their tickbirds, who stand on the rhinos' backs and ensure that they are facing in the right direction.

The Lion Guard

"Ono the Tickbird"

The Lion Guard attempts to stop Kifaru the rhinoceros from causing havoc in the Pride Lands due to his poor eyesight. They ask him what is going on, and Kifaru explains that his tickbird Mwenzi had abandoned him earlier that morning. He laments being unable to reach Tamasha, an event in which rhinos gather near Lake Matope to spar together in the mud. The Lion Guard is touched by his sorrow, and Kion resolves to find Mwenzi for Kifaru while Ono serves as Kifaru's temporary tickbird.

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Kifaru cheers on the sparring rhinoceroses from the sidelines

The Lion Guard eventually tracks down Mwenzi. Fuli explains to him that Kifaru is causing damage all over the Pride Lands without his tickbird, and Kion encourages Mwenzi to return to his duties. An indignant Mwenzi recounts how Kifaru had blamed him for running late to Tamasha and explains that every year, it is Kifaru's fault for being late, yet he continuously blames Mwenzi for their tardiness.

Despite this, the two end up reconciling, and the Lion Guard accompanies them to Tamasha. Initially, Kifaru faces in the wrong direction, but with some guidance from Mwenzi, he turns around. As they survey the sparring, another tickbird questions Mwenzi on his fight with Kifaru, and the two deny ever having fought. In the background, the Lion Guard watches contentedly.


  • "Tamasha" means "festivity," "carnival," or "pageant" in Swahili.[1]


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